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Energy
9:38 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Topeka Officials Having Trouble Following New Water Purification Guidelines

Topeka officials are talking about making improvements to the city's water purification process after struggling to comply with new, stricter guidelines.

Water in Topeka itself is still in compliance.

But three suppliers who receive water from the city recently received notice from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that their levels of halo-acetic acids were higher than the state allows.

The difference between Topeka and its suppliers could be tied to testing differences.

As smaller distributors, rural districts usually test once per quarter.

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Community
9:18 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Lawmakers Hope To Add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery Counties To Rural Opportunity Zone Program

A group of Kansas House members has filed legislation that would add three southeast counties to the state's rural opportunity zone program.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representatives Jim Kelly of Independence, Michael Houser of Columbus, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Richard Proehl of Parsons.

Their 2014 legislation would add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties, which are located on the Oklahoma border.

Governor Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zones program in 2011.

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Government
9:12 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Caleb Stegall Being Sworn Into The Kansas Court Of Appeals

Governor Brownback's former chief legal counsel is set to take a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

A swearing-in ceremony for Caleb Stegall is scheduled for Friday, with Court of Appeals Chief Judge Tom Malone presiding.

Stegall is filling a new, 14th seat on the state's second-highest court.

Stegall's appointment by the Republican governor has received quite a bit of attention.

It's because he's the first Court of Appeals appointment under a new law that took effect in July.

And partly because of his position as Brownback's chief lawyer.

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Government
9:09 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Statehouse Ready To Welcome Visitors After $330 Million Dollar Renovation

After 13 years and 330 million dollars in renovations, the Kansas Statehouse is ready to welcome visitors.

The project's final phase included an auditorium, a classroom, thousands of square feet of exhibition space and a visitors' center.

There's a ribbon cutting today to open the new space.

A formal ceremony to mark completion of the renovation project is scheduled for Kansas Day, Jan. 29.

Visitors will enter the building from the north at the ground level and proceed through the visitor center and into limestone corridors that are the foundation.

Government
9:02 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Ends 2013 With Budget Revenues On Target

Kansas ended 2013 with budget revenues on target, beating the fiscal year to date estimates by $4.3 million dollars.

The state Department of Revenue's report says Kansas' receipts were $3.3 million dollars, or almost 1 percent, more than expected.

Corporate income revenue receipts were up almost almost 7 percent-- in part because corporations made about $10 million more in payments this month compared to December 2012.

The Department of Revenue says this indicates that corporations had larger profits compared to the prior year.

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Health
8:58 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Advocates Likely To Push Harder For Expanded Medicaid In 2014

Kansans will likely increase the pressure to expand Medicaid next year, to cover thousands of uninsured residents.

Advocates say they'll push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session January 13.

The Republican-dominated Legislature's displeasure with the federal health care overhaul led it to reject the expansion, which would be paid for with federal dollars.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite BOE Support, State-Funded All-Day Kindergarten Not Backed By Lawmakers

A five-year, $80 million plan to pay for full-day kindergarten has support from the State Board of Education, but leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees aren't backing it yet.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley of Ark City says she wants to know how the added spending would affect other services and the state's reserve fund.

Governor Brownback's proposal calls for spending $16 million dollars a year for the next five years until all-day kindergarten is funded fully by the state.

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Aircraft
5:41 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Wichita Leaders Hopeful About Beechcraft Merger

Civic leaders in Wichita are expressing optimism following the sale of one of the community's linchpin aviation companies to a competitor.

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Government
9:17 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Kris Kobach Files A Stay In Lawsuit Over Voter Citizenship Law

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit over Kansas' voter proof-of-citizenship law while another case he initiated is being heard.

Kobach filed the request yesterday in federal court.

The lawsuit in question was filed against him this November by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wants to prevent Kobach from setting up different registration systems for voters based on whether they use state or federal forms.

The federal form doesn't require proof of U.S. citizenship.

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Business
9:13 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Textron Incorporated Reaches Agreement To Buy Beechcraft

The parent company of Cessna Aircraft has reached an agreement to buy Beechcraft Corporation for approximately $1.4 billion dollars.

Providence, Rhode Island-based Textron Incorporated announced the agreement on Thursday.

The purchase will bring two mainstays of Wichita's general aviation industry under a single corporate leadership.

Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said in a statement that the Beechcraft acquisition is a "tremendous opportunity" for the diversified corporation to expand its general aviation business.

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